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Hand over Zik’s Mausoleum to Anambra Govt

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TRADITIONAL ruler of Onitsha ancient kingdom, Alfred Achebe, has called on the federal government to hand over Zik’s Mausoleum to Anambra State Government.

   Obi Achebe, who doubles as the Chairman, South East Traditional Rulers Council, made the call shortly after the Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola inspected the facility in Onitsha.

   The federal government had on July this year, inaugurated a presidential committee for the maintenance of Zik Mausoleum and Conference Centre, Onitsha.

  During the inauguration in Abuja, Mr Fashola said the mausoleum which was conceived and commissioned in 2019, was to serve as a national monument and tourist centre in memory of the the first President of Nigeria, the late Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe,  for his contributions to the nations unity.

  According to him, the committee would take responsibility for the effective maintenance and management of the facility in accordance with the National Public Buildings Maintenance    Policy and ensure its protection, work at optimal capacity and attain its full life span.

   However, the reverse has been the case as Obi Alfred Achebe laments that the facility, which would have served as a veritable source of knowledge and resource pool for students, researchers and administrators seeking knowledge on Nigeria’s rich history and the evolution of the nation state had been over grown by weeds.

  The traditional ruler maintained that the facility when handed over, the state would help generate international consensus.

 Minister of Works and Housing, said he was on the visit based on  the directive of Mr President to inspect the mausoleum to know how it is working after inauguration.

  While saying that Zik belonged to Nigeria, the minister stressed the need for the people of the state to ensure that Zik’s place of final rest is kept in good condition.

  The minister appreciated the willingness of the state government to lead in the management and maintenance of the mausoleum, adding that with the kind of commitment shown by Anambra State Government, the ownership the federal government was looking for is assured.

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